HIT NATURE FRANCHISE MEERKAT MANOR: RISE OF THE DYNASTY RETURNS TO BBC AMERICA
SATURDAY, JUNE 5 AT 8PM
THE WOW-INDUCING SERIES ANCHORS BBC AMERICA’S SPRING WONDERSTRUCK PROGRAMMING LINEUP FEATURING AN EARTH DAY TAKEOVER AND ATTENBOROUGH’S JOURNEY, A RETROSPECTIVE ON THE MAN BEHIND THE VOICE
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BBC AMERICA has set the premiere date for Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty, the new installation of the Meerkat Manor series. A BBC AMERICA co-production with Oxford Scientific Films, all-new half-hour episodes will premiere weekly starting Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 8/7c as part of BBC AMERICA’s Wonderstruck programming line-up. BBC AMERICA previously announced that BAFTA-winning actor Bill Nighy is set to return to narrate the series (his first time narrating the series’ U.S. broadcasts).
In addition, AMC+ will debut the first episode on Saturday, May 29 – one week ahead of its linear premiere. All subsequent episodes will launch on the premium streaming bundle, every Saturday, alongside their airing on BBC AMERICA.
Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty continues the compelling saga of the heartstring-tugging, dramatic tale of survival revolving around three families of meerkats who are descendants of the legendary meerkat matriarch, Flower. Neighbors and rivals who share a bloodline are forced to compete for food and resources in an environment that is undergoing a great deal of change: the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.
The series anchors BBC AMERICA’s spring nature programming, which also features April’s Earth Day Takeover, a three-day marathon of the network’s celebrated award-winning content. Throughout the season, Saturdays continue to be the mainstay for Wonderstruck premieres, highlighted by One Wild Day (Saturday, April 17 at 8/7c); Attenborough’s Journey (Saturday May 8 at 8/7c), a retrospective on the legend himself, China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom (Saturday, May 15 at 8/7c), a deep dive into the world’s largest conservation project in China.
Full series descriptions are below:
One Wild Day – Saturday, April 17 at 8/7c – This fresh, modern landmark natural history series is a roller-coaster through a day in the wild. The series follows some of the world’s most extraordinary animals at different moments in the day as they work to survive in some of the toughest landscapes on the planet. The day changes dramatically as the clock ticks up to the silent oppressive heat of midday; a time where reptiles thrive, and gentle giants must retreat before ramping up the action to the hi-octane drama just before dusk. As dark creeps in there’s an uneasy turn, plunging into the horror movie of night in the wild; a world where eerie monsters and nimble little leapers rule supreme. It all ends back in the safety of sunrise with the start of a new day. For some animals, 24 hours is the blink of an eye – for others, it’s an entire lifetime – but for every creature there’s a moment in its day it must take advantage of to survive. One Wild Day is distributed by NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios.
April 16, 2021 9:36am ET by AMC